American casual dining restaurant company Brinker International has appointed Dominique Bertolone as Maggiano’s Little Italy president, and senior vice-president of Brinker International.

Maggiano’s Little Italy specialises in Italian-American cuisine and operates 52 restaurants across the US.

Its offerings include pasta, signature salads, steaks, fresh seafood, regular chef specials and speciality desserts.

Bertolone will be responsible for leading and expanding Maggiano’s restaurant brand and will serve as a member of Brinker’s executive leadership team.

Brinker International president and CEO Kevin Hochman stated: “Dominique is the perfect leader to usher in the next wave of Maggiano’s growth.

“His experience leading all types of foodservice concepts has direct application to accelerating the three Maggiano’s channels of dine-in, off-premise and banquets, as well as developing the next generation of Maggiano’s restaurants.

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“He also has an impressive track record of leading employee engagement, developing one-of-a-kind guest experiences, achieving operational excellence, and elevating brands.”

Bertolone has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

He previously worked for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas as senior vice-president of food and beverage strategy and development.

He was in charge of developing and implementing strategy for MGM Resorts’ extensive network of eateries, pubs, lounges and nightclubs.

Bertolone said: “The opportunity to helm the Maggiano’s brand is an honour, and I can’t wait to continue building on its incredible growth and potential.

“This role will allow me to blend my passions for amazing people, team culture, food, drinks, and guest service standards – all rooted in my own Italian roots. I’ve heard incredible things about the Brinker team and culture and look forward to joining the team.”

In August 2023, Brinker International reported a net income of $54.2m for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023, a surge of almost 35% compared to $40.2m a year previously.